Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Montreal Observations

Hope everyone's week is off to a good start! It's sunny and pretty warm here today...ah, spring. 

Last week I was in Montreal with my husband. We managed to arrive just after a 30cm snowfall, which was fine with us, just made it a bit trickier pounding the pavement all day! Stayed at Hotel Gault (pictured above), in Old Montreal, and I highly recommend it. The staff was amazing, the room was beautiful, and it was a 3 minute walk to a metro station. Perfect.

Here's a little of what we saw....

The view from Parc du Mont Royal.

A Spring/Winter wonderland at Parc La Fontaine. So beautiful in the snow, I can only imagine what it's like in the summer. 

We were pretty frozen when we came across this cozy shop, Fuchsia. Loved the coffee, and Chester the dog too. 

Notre-Dame Basilica was one of the most stunning churches I've seen.  

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Fes and the Middle Atlas

I'm wrapping up my trip to Morocco with some images of Fes and the Middle Atlas mountains. A pretty amazing experience, and a little daunting at the same time. We stayed at the beautiful Dar Roumana, right in the medina, and were well taken care of by Vincent, the chef and manager, and Mohammed, the assistant manager.

Fes is the second largest city of Morocco with a population of about a million. We stayed in the ancient medina of Fes el-Bali, a labyrinth of over 9000 streets and it's car-free. Nothing but donkeys and motorbikes. This post is picture heavy so grab a drink....

The views from our riad, Dar Romana. Perfect spot to hang out. 

I don't think I'll forget the tanneries. I will never look at leather the same way again. This really has to be one of the hardest jobs out there.

A father and daughter making bread.

Loved having the chance to see these men weave. By the way, I never just took a picture without asking. It didn't hurt to leave a few dollars as well.

One of the entrances into the medina.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Hello Friday

Thanks so much for all the nice comments and emails about my Morocco and Paris posts. I have one more I'd like to share and it's all about Fes and the Middle Atlas mountain area. Still trying to digest that leg of the journey ;)

Have a great weekend...if you're Irish, I have no doubt you will!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Few Days in Paris

Ah, Paris. I can't believe I had never been there before. To be honest, it hadn't been at the top of my list (weird), now I can't wait to go back. We only had a few days to explore, and these were some of my favourite moments...

The green chairs sprinkled all over the Jardin des Tuileries was a pretty fantastic sight. If it was this beautiful in February, and can't imagine what it's like in summer. 

Centre Pompidou was incredible. We checked out the Dali exhibit along with everything else it had to offer, including the beautiful restaurant. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Marrakech and Essaouira

Happy hump day! Hope your week is going well so far. Thought I'd share some more of my recent trip. I have to say, it was all pretty fantastic but, to be honest, a little harrowing at times too. More on that soon ;)

While in Marrakech we checked out the souks and had a road trip to Essaouira, as part of our  Instant Love polaroid workshop. I have to admit, I'm not one for "bartering" or "haggling" when it comes to shopping, so I only dabbled in the shopping experience. Here are some of the colourful sights I saw and shot....

Shopping around the souks.